Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1K 12.1MP Digital Camera, DC Vario 4x Optical/4x Digital Zoom Lens, 2.7in TFT Touch LCD, HD Movie Recording, Black

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About Panasonic

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1K 12.1MP Digital Camera features an easy-to-press shutter button, the DMC-S1 also has a round-form that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and a body that's designed for easy use. A special color-matched front lens ring also makes the DMC-S1 look like a digital accessory. It is a compact and lightweight "power stone" - you can just leave it to the camera to get beautiful photo, movies and fun for sure.

The DMC-S1 is equipped with a 4x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm). The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 4x zoom ratio to powerful 7.8x zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 218mm) at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less. Adding the Extra Optical Zoom to the 4x digital zoom extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 31.2x. The DMC-S1 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-S1 can also record standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).

The DMC-S1's large 2.7-inch LCD features high 230,000-dot resolution LCD. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing the user and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.

Panasonic Features

  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode: When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to make any settings, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the camera do it all for you
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Shake Detection: The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the DMC-S1 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Apart from the digital image correction, the MEGA O.I.S. corrects a jolt of light axis by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to offset it
  • Intelligent Scene Selector - Scene Detection: When the camera's in iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery or Sunset
  • Intelligent ISO Control - Motion Detection: The Intelligent ISO Control function in the DMC-S1 made possible by the Venus Engine VI detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions
  • Face Detection AF/AE: The Face Detection AF/AE function detects faces and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure settings
  • Auto Backlight Compensation: When there is strong backlighting, the background appears nice and bright, but the subject is dark. This function detects backlight condition and compensates it automatically
  • Quick AF: The DMC-S3/S1 features Quick AF. Ordinary AF is activated when the shutter button is pressed half-way, while Quick AF starts operating as soon as the camera is pointed toward a subject. This dramatically reduces the shutter delay time and lets you take images quickly
  • 12.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD: The DMC-S1 features a 1/2.33-inch CCD with effective 12.1-megapixel resolution
  • Sonic Speed AF: The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance
  • Fast Start-up Time: The parallel processing of software resulted in ultra high-speed start-up
  • Short Release Time Lag: The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.008 second, making it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities
  • Venus Engine VI: The image-processing engine, Venus Engine VI, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high
  • Higher Image Quality with Advanced Signal Processing: Panasonic's advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine VI applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately
  • Extended Battery Life: The energy-saving Venus Engine VI image processing engine and the efficient lithium-ion battery, which stands up durably to repeated recharging, work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-S1
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: The Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you snap off consecutive shots. You can take a series of shots, then choose the one you like the best and delete the rest
  • Panorama Assist Mode: This is a handy function for aligning panorama photos using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 Edition. The afterimage of each previous shot is displayed, so you can use it to precisely line up the second and third shots
  • Selectable Focus Icon: When using 11-area AF, the camera automatically determines the most appropriate AF area from the eleven points. This ensures accurate focusing even for difficult compositions
  • Select from 3 Aspect Ratios: The aspect ratio for the DMC-S1 can be easily selected from 16:9 wide, 3:2 and conventional 4:3 to shoot in the framing aspect that best suits the photo's composition or purpose of use
  • Slideshow with Music: The DMC-S1 can play a slideshow with music. Choose from 4 types of music: Natural, Slow, Swing and Urban
  • View Photos on a Large-screen HDTV: The DMC-S3/S1 can take 16:9 HD (high-definition) quality photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing
  • Date Stamp: You can also print the date on your photos. These dates, which can be helpful when making a photo album, can be stamped on photos whether you print them yourself at home or have a photo shop do them
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0: The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your computer with quick start-up and fast read-in of images
  • Built-in Memory 20MB: The DMC-S1's built-in memory holds up to approx. 20MB of image data
  • PictBridge Compatible - Direct Print Function: The PictBridge standard lets you print directly on a compatible digital printer. Print size, layout, date and other settings can be made with the camera. You can also make multiple prints of an image, or print only the ones that you have selected

Panasonic Specifications

6 elements in 5 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (On / Off)
Optical: 4x
Extra Optical: 4.9x (4:3 / 8M), 6.3x (4:3 / 5M), 7.8x (4:3 / under 3M)
Digital: 4x
Focal Length
f = 5 - 20.0 mm (28 - 112 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
Focusing Area
Normal / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display
AF Metering
Face / 11-area / 1-area
AF Assist Lamp
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor
1/2.33", 12.7 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Quick AF (Always On)
Focus Icon Select
ISO Sensitivity
I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (1600 - 6400)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Sports, Baby, High Sensitivity)
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (only in Intelligent Auto Mode)
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple
Mode Switch
[Playback] Button
Rec Mode (Mode Button)
Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, Scene Mode, Motion Picture
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Baby, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Fireworks, Beach, Snow
Shutter Speed
Still: Approx. 8 - 1/1,600 sec
F3.1 - 6.5 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.1 - 9.0 (W) / F6.5 - 20.0 (T))
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review
Color Mode
Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect Ratio
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Recording Image Size
Still Image 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M), 3,264 x 2,448 pixels (8M EZ), 2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ), 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,672 pixels (10.5M)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,248 pixels (9M)
Motion Picture Recording
4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
iA Mode Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo & Movie
iA Mode Intelligent ISO Control
iA Mode Face Detection
iA Mode Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
Composition Guide Line
Yes (1 pattern)
Approx. 20 MB
Scene Mode Help Screen
Orientation Detector
World Time
Copy / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.4 - 3.3 m (Wide / I.ISO), 1.0 - 1.6 m (Tele / I.ISO)
6.7 cm (2.7") TFT Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Category Playback), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Max. 16x
Calendar Display
Set Favorites
Playback Motion Picture
Yes (Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode
All / Category / Favorites BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
Set Protection
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Yes (Mono)
AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB2.0 High-Speed
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
LUMIX Image Uploader
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660 mAh) (Included)
Release Time Lag (Approx.)
0.008 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.)
0.7 sec (minimum)
Battery Life (Approx.)
240 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Dimensions (W x H x D)
98.8 x 58.8 x 20.9 mm (3.89 x 2.31 x 0.82 inch)
117 g (0.26 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
100 g (0.22 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
Mfr #

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 3 customers


so far so good !


from Hampton IA  -  Casual Photographer

like the compact 110 battery charger. like the size, fits in my pocket easily. picture quality seems great. not to complicated. good price. so far so good.


Very reliable to choose as a gift


from Sun City Center, FL  -  Casual Photographer

Good choice as a gift for the casual photographer. Be sure to also buy extra SD card as internal memory is limited to just a few pictures.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nice one!


from New Delhi, India

I want to buy this camera, but do not have enough money in my pocket.. But will surely recommend it to my friends! Thank you!

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